Alpaka Paradies

Guide for newcomers

Thinking about buying alpacas? Here is a brief overview of what you should consider:

  • Find out in advance about animal husbandry, it is best to attend a basic course (reputable breeders require a basic level of knowledge before they hand animals over). We will gladly answer any of your questions.
  • Alpacas are herd animals with a minimum of 3 animals per group. Behavioural problems are observed where alpacas are kept alone. As a general rule new animals quickly get used to a new herd.
  • Keeping alpacas with other animal species is possible. However the compatibility and characteristics, especially in males, should be considered. Keep in mind that other species are not a substitute for other alpacas.
  • Care of males: Young males remain in the herd until ready to breed and then must be removed from the herd. Full males are housed separately from the females and brought together only for mating. Therefore separate stables and pastures are needed.
  • Plenty of pasture is needed for both diet and exercise. Alpacas, like other South American camelids, graze at a distance from their peers. Where the majority of nutrients are gained from pasture it is recommended a minimum area of 1 ha medium quality pasture. is required to sustain 15 alpacas.
  • Alpacas are ruminants and additional hay is necessary. It is therefore important that sufficient storage for hay is organised before buying an alpaca.
  • Important in the stable and in the pasture: Alpacas need clean water and so drinking facilities should be cleaned regularly. Note that hay racks should be organised so that all of the animals are cared for, not only the highest ranking animals in the herd.
  • The animals should be treated by a veterinarian who specializes in alpacas. Don´t forget to register with the official veterinarian if this applies in your state.
    Find out about the necessary vaccinations.